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Recycling Water at the CBRN Defense Training Facility

The U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Training Facility uses 300 gallons of water per day for live agent training exercises. The wastewater left over at the end of each day is heavily contaminated with volatile organic compounds, semi-organic compounds and high levels of chlorine and bleach. Now, this toxic brew can be cleaned and recycled thanks to a new program Battelle helped design under support to Louis Berger and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

The recycling program uses a multi-stage process to remove contaminants and separate the remaining liquid into usable water and a harmless brine byproduct. Recycling will eliminate the need for expensive off-site disposal of contaminated wastewater. The system, which was recently tested at the CBRN Defense Training Facility, can recycle 1,500 gallons of water each week. 

Read more about the program in this  U.S. Army article.